Slicing (and Dicing) Science Standards

National Assessment Governing Board is preparing to launch a new science assessment for 2009. Fordham Foundation reviews its draft Framework, gives it a “C.”

Yet only a 62%. That’s a “D” up here in Boston [though admittedly a B+ across the river in Cambridge]. Checker Finn….grade inflation? C’est impossible.

Fordham recommendations to NAGB: aim higher, beef up the standards, add more math. No mention of integrating cooking into chemistry classes.

GGW was recently talking with some MIT folks and wondered: aren’t we really talking about two different science education challenges: the TIMMS problem and the STEM problem?

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